Four of our fiscally sponsored films will be screened at this year's Mill Valley Film Festival (October 2-12, 2014)! Catch the world premieres of three Bay Area-centric flicks–3 Still Standing, F R E E, and Plastic Man: The Artful Life of Jerry Ross Barrish–and travel back to Summer '82 to see Frank Zappa on stage in Sicily for his final (and totally wild) European concert.
3 Still Standing
For one bright, shining moment, three San Francisco standup comics seemed poised for the big time. Will Durst, Johnny Steele, and Larry “Bubbles” Brown were killing audiences in the Holy City Zoo, the Punch Line, and all of the other packed, brick-walled venues that made San Francisco the country’s best, most radical comedy scene in the 1980s.
F R E E
A group of Oakland teens finds personal liberation and mutual support while working toward a collaborative performance at Destiny Arts Center, an organization devoted to youth empowerment through dance, theater, and martial arts. This stirring, up-close documentary follows five teens in the DAC performance company as they co-create a piece that asks them to dig deeply into the motivating dilemmas and hopes of their lives.
Plastic Man: The Artful Life of Jerry Ross Barrish
Jerry Ross Barrish’s tale is one of metamorphoses: First an activist bail bondsman in 1960s San Francisco, then an indie filmmaker, he now shapes society’s detritus into figures alive with feeling. His story—teeming with prizefighters, gangsters, and other larger-than-life characters ranging from Willie Brown to Wim Wenders—is captured in this brilliantly photographed documentary.
Summer '82 - When Zappa Came to Sicily
July 14, 1982, was quite a tumultuous day in Palermo. Not only was the Sicilian city in the throes of a bloody mafia war, the ecstasy of the Feast of Santa Rosalita, and the mania of soccer’s World Cup, but Frank Zappa had just arrived for his final European performance. 20,000 fans gathered to witness their hero in the flesh, for a show that proved pivotal to the musician's career.
The Film Society is dedicated to supporting emerging and established filmmakers. Our project development & fiscal sponsorship program is designed to help filmmakers step-by-step through the process of getting films funded, made and seen.
SFFS has special ties to Bay Area filmmakers, but our fiscal sponsorship program is recognized across the country and internationally. We meet in person with filmmakers based in the Bay Area and consult by phone and email for those who reside out of state. Since our staff attends numerous film festivals, we also meet with filmmakers at various events around the world.
Fiscal sponsorship allows filmmakers to capitalize on the Film Society’s 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and solicit funds from a wide range of sources–notably government, foundation, corporate, and private entities. All applicants to this program must be SFFS Filmmaker Pro members. We can extend fiscal sponsorship to any entity (meaning an individual or a business) that has a United States IRS-issued Social Security number, tax ID or EIN and a valid U.S. mailing address.